The Graduate School of Life Sciences offers multiple PhD fellowships. These fellowships include financial support as well as a budget for travel costs, consumables and similar expenses. The application process for the GSLS Fellowships consists of two stages, starting with a screening of all applications submitted followed by interviews (either personal or through video chat, depending on the location of the applicant).

Please only submit your application via our dedicated application platform and please follow the guidelines at the bottom of this page.


GSLS Fellowships 2016 - Details


  • End July 2015: Application for the next round of fellowships opens
  • 25th September 2015: Deadline for applications. Screening begins.
  • Late October 2015: Invitations for the interview stage are sent out
  • 25th - 27th November 2015: Video interviews for international applicants
  • 30th November 2015: Live interviews for applicants who can join us at the University of Würzburg
  • 1st January - 30th June 2016: Fellows join the GSLS and begin to pursue their PhD project

Current Status:
Screening candidates - no more applications accepted

We offer

  • an international (working language English) and widely visible research environment
  • a fellowship for three years provided by the GSLS and the host laboratory
  • your own research grant covering research expenses of your PhD project and travel money to attend conferences (5000 EUR/year) granted for at least one year
  • the freedom to choose your lab, project and mentors - provided that there is mutual agreement - in one of the sections of the GSLS
  • continuous supervision and mentoring by a thesis committee of three principal investigators (including a special mentoring program for female doctoral researchers)
  • a strong network of peers
  • advanced scientific and professional skills training

We expect

  • passion for and practical experience in research
  • a clear understanding of what you want to work on 
  • an excellent university degree obtained in a life sciences subject within the last two years, usually an M.Sc. or Diploma; if graduation is expected by January 2016 at the latest you may apply
  • proven excellent oral and written English proficiency (this will also be assessed during interview) and willingness to learn basic German (training provided)
  • eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment

If you decide to apply for one of our fellowships, please do not contact potential supervisors in advance.  Should your application be successful, we will then advise you as to the process of finding a supervisor.